By Tracy Dye and Tripp Laino
For many, summertime means pool time — and if that’s what you’re looking for, CA has you covered with 23 outdoor pools, including several with fun features like spraygrounds and slides.
But there’s so much more to do when the days are long and school is in the rearview mirror (at least temporarily). There are great kid-friendly options like Columbia SportsPark and SkatePark, our annual KidsDay event (see accompanying article in this issue for more!), and a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy.
If you’re looking for spring and summer fun, then CA has you covered — whether you want to amp up your fitness, try a new sport, attend an event or simply enjoy a brisk walk. Below are just a handful of ways you can make the most of your time outdoors.
Enjoy a free yoga class — complete with a lakeside view!
From May to August, Haven on the Lake offers a special outdoor yoga glass on its outdoor patio. The classes take place on the second Sunday of each month from 9-10am.
Bring your own mat and water bottle. Shade is limited, so sunglasses and hats are suggested. In the event of inclement weather, classes will be canceled. Preregistration is required; please visit yogaonthelake.eventbrite.com.
Want more regular outdoor yoga? It’s offered at Stevens Forest Pool on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30-9:30am. Classes are free for CA members or $12 to drop-in for Columbia Cardholders and non-members; Cardholders and non-members can purchase six-class packs for $45 and $60, respectively.
For more information, please email Group.Fitness@ColumbiaAssociation.org. Call the Aquatics office to pre-purchase your package of classes at 410-312-6332.
Four-legged friends aren’t left out!
Columbia DogPark is an off-leash area operated and maintained by CA where you and your pooch can run and play together! Hours are posted at ColumbiaAssociation.org/dogpark. Please call 410-312-6330 for more information or to register your dog.
Give your spring a swing!
Columbia is home to two of the best golf clubs in Howard County — Fairway Hills and Hobbit’s Glen. If you’re new to golf, consider the Get Golf Ready program.
Get Golf Ready is designed to teach you everything you need to know to step onto a golf course and play with confidence — in five short lessons. Lessons include on-course activities guided by trained PGA professionals who will make sure you have fun each step of the way! See the accompanying article elsewhere in this issue for more info.
For more information, an up-to-date schedule and pricing, call Hobbit’s Glen at 410-730-5980 or visit HobbitsGlenGolfClub.org.
For those more familiar with the sport, CA has some great membership options for golfers. The 5Day Golf&Play option is perfect for the golfer who mostly plays during the week. Want more? Golf Fit&Play members can play every day — and they also receive access to CA’s indoor and outdoor pools, tennis clubs, three fitness clubs and more.
Lakefront Summer Festival
Columbia Association’s Lakefront Summer Festival includes free entertainment nearly every day of the week all the way into September. A full schedule can be found at ColumbiaAssociation.org/lakefrontfestival.
Movies will be screened at about 8:30pm at Lake Kittamaqundi under the stars on Mondays and Fridays from Monday, June 18 through Monday, Aug. 27. All films are closed-captioned. Films shown on Mondays are appropriate for young audience members, with G- and PG-rated selections, while Friday movies are rated PG and PG-13. And then, from Aug. 31 through Sept. 8, CA will show movies every Friday (PG-rated movies) and Saturday (PG-13 movies).
Concerts and performances are held on almost every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 16, with additional concerts on four Sundays in September (Sept. 9-30). And, finally, CA’s “Dancing Under the People Tree” free dance lessons are fun both for beginners and those with experience and are hosted every Friday through Sept. 7 from 6:30-8pm. When the dance session ends, the movie begins.
Stop and Smell the Flowers
April showers bring May flowers, and Columbia Association’s Open Space Management team works hard to ensure you have a wealth of beautiful flowers and greenery to enjoy.
This month, more than 14,000 annuals — flowers that grow for one season — will be planted to make Columbia more colorful. That’s actually fewer annual flowers than CA used to plant. Instead, it is increasingly turning to perennials, flowers that live for many years and don’t need to be watered as often.
But it’s not just flowers that enhance the landscape. In April, CA’s planting projects added shrubs and other features in high-visibility places such as Lake Kittamaqundi in Downtown Columbia.
If you’re looking for a free and fun way to get outdoors, enjoy a walk, jog or bike ride through Columbia’s open space.
Summer’s a great time for outdoor tennis, and CA has you covered with more than two dozen courts at several locations in Columbia, but if you’d rather rally in the cooling breezes of air conditioning, join us at the brand new Long Reach Tennis Club! The club features six courts in a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that just opened in March.
Youth and Teen Excursions
The Youth and Teen Center is offering summer trips for youth and teens on five Thursdays this summer.
The trips are for Howard County students between the ages of 9 and 18 and include July 12 (Ocean City, Md.), July 26 (Kings Dominion, Doswell, Va.), Aug. 9 (Hersheypark, Hershey, Pa.), Aug. 16 (Cascade Lake, Hampstead, Md.) and Aug. 23 (Ocean City, Md.).
Ocean City and Cascade Lake are $75 per trip for Columbia residents and $92 per trip nonresidents. Kings Dominion and Hersheypark are $85 per trip for Columbia residents and $111 trip for nonresidents. Prices include transportation and admission.
Space is limited. Register by June 4 at ColumbiaAssociation.org/login. For assistance, call the Youth and Teen Center at 410-992-3726.
Fairway Hills Golf Club is home to FootGolf, which combines soccer and golf in a fun, exciting sport.
Tee times are on Mondays from 4:30-6pm. Call 410-730-1112 for more information or visit FairwayHillsGolfClub.org.
For more information on all that CA has to offer this season and beyond, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org.